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Nigeria New Year revellers hit by Abuja 'bomb'

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  1. babukijana

    babukijana JF-Expert Member

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    An explosion at a bar near a barracks in Nigeria's capital has killed a number of people.
    Nigeria's military chief said a bomb had been planted to target people celebrating New Year's Eve in Abuja but he did not say who was responsible.
    The explosion happened in a market where soldiers and civilians often gather to eat and drink beer.
    A police spokesman said four people had died, while military sources have told the BBC 11 people were killed.
    Air Marshal Oluseyi Petirin blamed "devilish people" but did not name any group or give a possible motive.
    He also declined to give any casualty figures.
    State TV has said 30 people were killed. But police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said four people had been killed - three men and one woman.
    Witnesses have told the BBC they saw body parts lying on the ground and injured people being carried away after the blast.
    "People ran in different directions. There were scores of bodies - dead and wounded. They used army trucks to pack them away," a market regular called Eric was quoted as telling Reuters news agency.
    The area has been sealed off.
    Air Marshal Petirin said a bomb had been placed "where people were relaxing and generally being happy because of the New Year which is approaching".
    He urged Nigerians to be vigilant following a recent spate of bomb attacks in a country where they had been almost unknown.
    "Do not allow anybody to come and leave a bag, or any kind of object, especially when he is not there," he told state TV.

    There have been bomb attacks in the capital and other cities in recent weeks:
    • On Wednesday, two blasts disrupted a political rally in the southern city of Yenagoa, wounding several people
    • Bomb attacks in the city of Jos, a flash-point between Nigerian Christians and Muslims, left 80 people dead over Christmas - an Islamist group said it was behind these attacks
    • In October, at least 12 people were killed in explosions in Abuja as the country celebrated 50 years since independence from the UK - this was blamed on oil militants
    The market is near the Sani Abacha barracks, named after Nigeria's late military dictator, in Asokoro district, home to the presidential palace and said to be the city's most secure area.
    Officially renamed the Mogadishu Cantonment, the barracks is still known to many by its old name. news
  2. Rungu

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    At least four killed in Nigerian capital after army barracks bomb

    At least four people have been killed after an explosion ripped through a market in an army barracks in Nigeria, according to health officials.
    A man sits in the back of an army truck carrying victims of a bomb blast near a military barracks in Nigeria's capital Abuja Photo: REUTERS

    A woman surrounded by relatives, mourns the death of her husband at Asokoro Hospital Photo: REUTERS

    10:27PM GMT 31 Dec 2010

    The blast occurred at Mammy market, within the grounds of the Sani Abacha barracks, in the Nigerian capital Abuja, a busy area where people had met to celebrate New Year.

    State TV said 30 people were killed but local police disputed the figure, saying only four people had died and thirteen were wounded, while others put the death toll at 11. A government hospital doctor later said that four had been killed and 12 were wounded.

    Air Marshal Oluseyi Petirin blamed "devilish people" but did not give a name of any group or motive.

    In the past week, violence has flared in Nigeria after bombings on Christmas Eve in the central city of Jos. At least 80 people were killed in the ensuing violence between Christian and Muslim youths.

    In a statement, a spokesman for President Goodluck Jonathan said whoever planted the bomb wanted "to turn the joys of fellow Nigerians to ashes."

    The rest of the story here!
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    hawa jamaa Mungu awarehemu sana
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    Muham-madans, when will you stop this?